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‘Help Me! I’m Going to Die!’: Illinois Teen Girl Allegedly Killed Uber Driver with Knife and Machete

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A teenage girl was charged as an adult with murder for allegedly attacking an Uber driver with a knife and a machete on Wednesday in Lincolnwood, Illinois, PEOPLE confirms.

Eliza Wasni, 16, faces a first-degree murder charge and was denied bail. Wasni was picked up by Grant Nelson, 34, early Tuesday morning after she had allegedly stolen a knife and machete from a Wal-Mart in Skokie, the Attorney General’s office confirmed to PEOPLE.

Wasni attacked Nelson from the back seat, PEOPLE confirms.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Nelson managed to pull over his Hyundai and escape the car, running to a nearby building.

“The victim runs to the lobby door and is heard banging and screaming, ‘Help me! Help me! I’m going to die!” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham said at a press conference.

Cunningham added that Wasni allegedly drove off in Nelson’s car but then struck a median, and then ran off on foot. The Tribune reports she was found by officers nearby wearing just a bra and leggings, and that a bloodstained Chicago Cubs shirt was found nearby.

NBC Chicago reports she was holding both weapons when confronted by officers. Police told the news station Wasni had to be tased by police after being repeatedly asked to drop the weapons.

She chose Nelson as a random victim, police told the station.

Nelson was taken to St. Francis Hospital but later died from his injuries.

Nelson’s sister, Alex, told NBC Chicago that her brother will be missed.

“I want people to know Grant was a good person,” she said. “He was not a vindictive person. He was not a cruel person. He didn’t deserve this fate.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by his family, with proceeds going to charities that oppose animal cruelty and support programs for people with mental health issues.